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***NEW*** LA ROQUE. - PISCINE (With Pool & Private River beach)

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool



PISCINE (With Pool & Private River beach)

La Roque Piscine takes full advantage of the almost fortified position of the house, built on a giant rock overlooking the river. You enter via a walled terrace, with SPECTACULAR VIEWS of the Orb, its valley, vines and the mountain of Naudech (750m). In the middle of the terrace is a brand new swimming pool (9m long with sitting shelf - ideal for kids), Sunbeds, a large dining table, Ratan sofa area in the shade.

You can come into the house by the ancient front door, or through French windows to the comfortable salon (sitting room), which provides welcome relief from the summer heat. Like nearly all the rooms, the salon has beautiful hundred-year-old original coloured, patterned floor tiles.

An attractive corridor with Escher tiles and original artwork leads to a smaller, more intimate terrace at the eastern end of the house, looking down to the river over the medieval bridge, and up to the village on the hill opposite, ideal for breakfasting in the sun or eating out on warm evenings

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About the property


LA ROQUE is a sympathetically restored old winemaker's house on the River Orb, in the Parc Natural Regional du Haut Languedoc.

***La Roque was selected for ALASTAIR SAWDAY'S Special Places to Stay: French Holiday Homes, 2008-10 and 2010-12*** See our website for more details:

With stunning views of the river, gorges, mountains and the medieval hill village of Vieussan, the house is situated in an idyllic location with stunning views directly overlooking the River Orb and your own Mediterranean garden.

The property has been divided into 2 separate gites, completely independent of one another. They each have their own private entrance, private gardens, and their own private river beach....Perfect for swimming, fishing, kayaking and just relaxing...

GITE 1: LA ROQUE-PISCINE (Private pool - 9m long with sitting shelf/ ideal for small children).

La Roque-Piscine has just been renovated with its own pool and private beach with picnic area and hammocks and superb river swimming. The renovated accommodation sleeps 7: 2 double bedrooms, a third room with a bunk bed and single bed. A new bathroom (with walk in shower), a very large kitchen dining area, 2 comfortable sitting rooms, one directly opening onto the terrace. There is a further private rear terrace overlooking the medieval bridge. Dishwasher, washing machine, WiFi, Ipod docks, linen & towels are included, and a cot and high chair is also available on request. We even have 4 kayaks available for use by our guests. SAFETY - Please note we provide a pool alarm for children, however it is your responsibility to make sure it is working. Adult supervision is still essential at all times with children.

GITE 2: LA ROQUE-RIVIERE (With Private River Beach)

La Roque-Riviere is the entire ground floor of the house, with direct access to the river, its own private terrace and beach with picnic area and hammocks and superb river swimming. The renovated accommodation sleeps 6: Master bedroom with double bed, and 2 further doubles with twin beds. A new bathroom (with walk in shower), a very large (brand new) kitchen/dining/lounge area with a juliette balcony overlooking the Mediterranean garden and river. The Games room is the old cave with its original wine press, has Table Tennis, Table Football, and Dart board. Dishwasher, washing machine, WiFi, Ipod docks, linen & towels are included, and a cot & high chair is also available on request.

For larger parties, the whole house can be hired (Sleeps 13).

For details of both our properties click between the 2 tabs at the top of this page, and see our website: for up to date details on pricing & availability as this website is not always updated.

Languages: Nous parlons français. Wir sprechen (ein Bisschen) Deutsch. Hablamos Espanol.

Italiano, Catala, etc. - Google Translate!

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Property Manager
Amanda Wallis
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, A little help from Google Translate
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Amanda Wallis

Motty & Mark live in Hertfordshire, England.

Amanda Wallis purchased this house in 2012

Why Amanda Wallis chose Vieussan

We bought this property after falling in love with it. The Vallee de l'Orb is truly a little corner of paradise and you are right in it, on the river! A perfect family holiday, escape from it all. We have devoted the last few years to renovating the property and creating (what we think) is a perfect retreat.

La Roque was selected for Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay: French Holiday Homes, 2008-10 and 2010-12.

See our website for up to date details on pricing & availability.

What makes this house unique

Relax in your own Mediterranean garden, your own private river beach and stunning views! Houses with direct river frontage where you can swim and kayak are hard to find in France, especially within a national park. This house is a gem.

Available Rentals

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Shorter and irregular lets may be possible outside peak season, please enquire.
Security deposit of 400 euros or equivalent required, returnable after holiday


Accommodation and facilities for PISCINE (With Pool & Private River beach)in Vieussan in Hérault

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Always lower and tie up parasols after use. Do NOT use in strong winds. Any damage is your responsibility.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , (Walk in Shower)
  • The LARGE main bathroom has particular striking original floor tiles and a portion of the original stencilled decoration (c.1920) which was uncovered during renovations. Bath and separate walk in wet room shower. The bathroom has views over the River.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , (Bunk Bed and Single Bed)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , (Access from rear terrace or through bedroom 3)
  • The FIRST double bedroom has original tiles, antique wardrobes and chests of drawers. The SECOND bedroom (Bunk beds & single bed) has a linking door to the THIRD master bedroom, and from there via French windows to the smaller, more intimate rear terrace, ideal for breakfasting or eating out in the evening, with views of the hills and the medieval village opposite. There is a separate sitting room in addition to the TV/Snug room. All bedrooms have radiators for warmth in spring and autumn, shutters, and mosquito blinds.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The pool is 9m long, 1.4m deep. We do provide a pool alarm but it is YOUR responsibility to make sure it is working. Adult supervision of children is always essential around any pool. ELDERLY, INFIRM AND WHEELCHAIRS Although the accommodation itself is all on one level, there are a number of steps from the street to the terrace and from the terrace into the house. The private river beach is accessed down a series of steps through the attractive Mediterranean garden terraces, OK for adults and children, but definitely unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems. The public beaches nearby (less than 5 mins walk) may be more accessible for someone with only moderate mobility problems. SMOKING - Strictly no smoking inside the house. Smokers are requested to smoke only outside and away from the house.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

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PISCINE (With Pool & Private River beach)
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic memories made here

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in La Roque Piscine - it is a gorgeous house with many comfortable rooms in which to enjoy some peace and quiet and the astounding views of the river and countryside. My mother still raves about our holiday there (and it's been six months). The outdoor area was super comfortable and our 5 year old son particularly enjoyed the pool - constantly nagging us to return to it every day we went our exploring. There is nothing to fault about La Roque. We also enjoyed a meal at the pub across the bridge where the owner was very welcoming, the food was typically French and we were bursting afterwards. We visited in June, slightly before the season opens in France but having said that, there was still lots to enjoy in the area - kayaking, rockpools, lots of pizza picnics at the river beaches, wine tasting just up the road (lovely lady there), even buying fruit from the stall holder at the bridge heading towards the rockpools was fun as she bossed my husband about the best buy of the day. We did experience some rain and wind but that wasn't really a problem as there was lots to do anyway and it was warm despite the rain (although the pub owner and shopkeepers seemed to take the rain in summer as a personal insult!). The owners and lovely housekeeper/minder were great to deal with. We are now moving back to New Zealand to live which means our stay at La Roque will be a last memory of our holidays in France - what an excellent memory it is. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Veronica, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves in our little corner of paradise. Wishing you all the best in your move back to New Zealand. Best wishes Mark & Amanda’s
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Peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

The house has been beautifully restored with many original features. It is in a peaceful location overlooking the river which is well used by kayakers. The nearby village of Orlagues has a good bakery and butchers and the Lidl supermarket in Lamalou les Bains was the best we found in the area.

We enjoyed walking up Les Gorges d'Heric and also visited the spectacular viaduct at Millau.

The outside area around the pool was perfect for relaxing and the small terrace outside the main bedroom was lovely. The kitchen was well equipped and we found we had everything we needed including a supply of towels for use by the pool.

A wonderful week in a very scenic area.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Happy memories

  • 5 of 5

The fact that we have been three times, once to Rivière and twice to Piscine, is a clear indication of our enjoyment of the property and all it has to offer. It is peaceful, spacious, comfortable and generously provided, and it has the most wonderful views of the river, the bridge and the old village on the hill. We hear that the pool is being refurbished, which will add greatly to the amenity.

The Orb valley is very attractive, offering a variety of activities for people of all ages.

Communication with the owners has been friendly and efficient.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property. Lovely kitchen with great views. Bedrooms light and airy but have shutters to keep heat out during day. Garden is gorgeous. We loved eating the fresh figs from the tree. The river is just wow. Kids swam, fished and kayaked every day. Local restaurant is lovely. Loads of the things to do nearby. Local markets fantastic. Gorges d'Heric is superb - gorgeous walk (husband went for a run on the nearby GR too) and beautiful rock pools to swim in. We stayed in La Roque Riviere (the downstairs one without a pool.) Met the neighbours who used their pool every day but we simply swam in the very safe river. Would definitely come again. Lady who showed us round was really friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stylish and comfortable house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at La Roque Piscine. The house was well equipped and stylishly furnished. We enjoyed the area around the pool and walking down to the river bank. The kayakers regularly paddling by were making the most of the river. The nearby old village of Olargues is designated one of France's most beautiful and Lamalou les Bains provided a good shopping base and numerous restaurants. We made the 2 hour trek up Gorges d'Heric and also drove over the spectacular Millau viaduct. The Blue Lizard restaurant across the bridge does good food although the adjacent shop was closed while we were there.

A very restful break in an area popular with walkers and cyclists due to the lovely scenery and quiet roads.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. We are glad you had a lovely stay and hope you come back and visit us again soon. Best wishes, Mark & Amanda
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Un endroit formidable!!! Amazing stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné dans le Roque piscine. L'impression qu'on s'est retrouvé dans un monde magique!!! La maison mériterait bien 4 étoiles de l’hôtel. Le style Provence chic, une énorme salle de bain, une pièce à part pour regarder la télé. La vue de deux terrasses est à couper le souffle. Il y a une plage privée mais aussi celle en face qui est magnifique. Nous avons séjourné au moins dans 10 maisons avant mais jamais je n'ai eu une vraie envie de laisser un commentaire comme celui-ci. Le bar à côté lézard bleu n'est pas cher et très très bon, je recommande des plats libannais qui sont de la fraîcheur et du niveau extraordinaire. Je RECOMMANDE. Thank you very much, Mark, for this incredible stay!!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Le Lezard Bleu (5 mins walk)
Nearest Ferry
94 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Lamalou Les Bains (15 mins)
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Béziers (A9) Lodève or Clermont l'Hérault (A75)
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Le Lezard Bleu (5 mins walk)
Nearest Ski
300 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Your Own Private River Beach!
Car: necessary

Vieussan is a small, unspoilt medieval village in a beautiful section of the Gorges de l'Orb (known for its canoeing and natural beauty), beneath striking mountains and surrounded by vines. Within ten minutes' drive are the ROCK POOLS of the Gorges d'Héric, Roquebrun with its Jardin Mediterranean, Olargues ('un des plus beaux villages de France') and a fine choice of vineyards ranging from large, professional operations to small traditional winemakers.

There are excellent weekly MARKETS in Saint Chinian, centre of the local appellation, the spa town of Lamalou, and Bédarieux (all 15-25 minutes away). Within 45 minutes drive are historic Pézenas with its wonderful Saturday market and Béziers. A little further afield are the fine city of Montpellier, many kilometres of Mediterranean beaches (one hour), Millau with its wonderful new viaduct designed by Norman Foster, the Gorges du Tarn, the Pyrenees (visible from some higher points on clear days) and (only 3 hours' drive) Barcelona.

* CANOEING-KAYAKING (We have 4 Kayaks for use by guests)

* GOLF (Lamalou Les-Bains: 15 mins)

* TENNIS (Village court - We provide racquets)


* BIKE HIRE (Olargues - 10 mins)

* DONKEY RIDES (Vieussan)


* LOCAL BAR/RESTAURANT (5 mins walks)

* PLAY AREA (5 mins walk at Le Lezard Bleu)

* CASINO (Lamalou Les-Bains)

* SKI (The Pyrenees are just 2 hours away)